MEMBERSHIP TIPS AND IDEAS!
At the Colorado PTA Convention, delegates were asked to share membership ideas. Each table chose the best one, represented below:
Helen Keller PTA: Be present – engage – just ask.
Elk Creek Elementary PTA: Conduct a phone tree race! An existing PTA member for each grade level personally contacts non-member parents in their grade level. The first person to increase PTA membership within their grade level by 20% wins!
Colorow Elementary PTA: Man night – dads and kids work together to complete challenges and earn tickets. Tickets are redeemed for ice cream sundae toppings. Those becoming a member that night automatically receive extra tickets to redeem. (They got 12 new male members that night!)
Garfield Elementary PTA: They started an “active recess” during lunch hour, inviting parents during lunch hour once per month to pay with the kids. They usually have an obstacle course and sports activities. They find moms and dads want to be a part of PTA with this initiative.
Parmalee Elementary PTA: Worked with their principal to push membership at staff meetings.
Stetson Elementary PTA: They ran a membership and volunteer drive that started at back to school night and continued throughout the year. They had drawings at every meeting and will have a final gig prize winner announced at the end of the year Literacy Night. Prizes included gift cards, local business donations, and the grand prize of a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge.
Membership Campaign Tip!
Thanks to Colorow Elementary PTA! We share the “Epic Ice Cream Challenge!”
Make the focus on male caregivers/dads enjoying time with their kids and focusing on a goal. After completing each activity station, the team would earn points that would get written on a point card.
– Organize 8 activity stations in the gymnasium – many sports or activity related like basketball take-a-shot, Football pass, Jump rope relay, etc. Add some other activities like “make a balloon animal” and a Laser Challenge game.
– Organize an awesome Banana Split bar in the cafeteria. Have tons of topping choices like candies, syrups, cereals, etc. Each topping cost points. After the team is finished in the gym, take the point cards in and “buy” toppings to make awesome banana split creations, and then eat them there together.
– Tell each male when he checks in to the event that he will earn 10 extra bonus points to buy more toppings for himself and the students with him for joining the PTA.
– If you are good at getting donations, you can do an event like this for free. If donations are not possible, budget approx. $1 per serving. Work with your PE teacher to get some ideas and borrow some equipment.